i bought this album when it first came out, gave it a listen and then put it away for a couple of years.
then, last weekend, i was sitting at my computer, messengering people and having a quiet drink, and i put 'release' on as a random thought.
i was amazed! why had i given it the elbow all that time ago? it's actually a very, very good album. highlights include the cheerful 'home and dry', the downbeat 'email', the upbeat 'the samurai in autumn' and my own personal favourite, 'love is a catastrophe' (which has the potential to reduce you to tears when you're feeling maudlin).
quite honestly, there isn't a duff track on the album. on first listening it isn't an instant or obvious hit, but like the best albums it certainly grows on you. only four stars because i consider 'very' and 'introspective' to be psb's magnum opus.